If you are registering a death there are sometimes a range of different documents and people involved depending on the circumstances of the death. This section seeks to provide a comprehensive description of the most important documents in order to help guide you through the processes involved.
In addition to the basic forms, there is also a guide to death certificates. Specifically, how to obtain them, what they include, and the significance of the document itself.
The exact processes needed to register a death may also vary depending on whether or not a Coroner has been involved. It is because of this that we also provide information on the role of the coroner, the procedural differences when a coroner has been involved, and what to expect if there is an inquest.
Finally, there is an explanation of post mortems – both why they are sometimes necessary and how to obtain and interpret the results from the coroner. In particular, should you have any objections to a post mortem examination being carried out there is a guide as to how to voice your objections, or alternatively to grant permission for certain types of post mortem.
The different Medical Certificates and why they are issued
The different forms and certificates issued if a coroner has been involved
The role and powers of the coroner
Answers to common questions relating to inquests
What is a post mortem and why do they happen
Purpose and objections to post motems ordered by the coroner
Examination, permission and purpose
Understanding and obtaining post mortem results from coroners and hospitals